This Week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection
Readings available at www.usccb.org/readings
Sunday, March 14 – Fourth Sunday of Lent
Contemplation from Lectio Divina
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?
So must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
What needs should I lift up to God? How can I carry my cross as a disciple?
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.
When have I felt God’s love most clearly? How can I share God’s love with the people I meet?
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
How am I forming my conscience to know God’s truth? What parts of my life need to be brought into God’s light?
Sign Up for Mass March 13 & 14
We encourage you to pre-register to save time when you check in at Mass, as well as to help us gauge attendance. Pre-registering is not required, however. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 13. Here’s how:
- Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
- Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
- If you’re already in the Flocknotes database, the system will recognize you when you click the sign-up button. If not, enter a contact name and email or phone number if prompted.
- Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
- You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete. The confirmation email gives you the ability to modify or cancel your registration after you’ve signed up.
Year of St. Joseph
Memorare to St. Joseph
Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession was left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power, I fly unto you and beg your protection. Despise not, O guardian of the Redeemer, my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me.
While the governor recently announced the lifting of some restrictions, please note that we are continuing with our existing procedures at this time.
Spring Forward This Weekend!
Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 14 at 2 AM, so be sure to move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday.
Reconciliation This Tuesday
Priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 16 from 6:15-7:45 PM in the church.
Easter Mass Notes
Please note that we will NOT be assigning seats for Holy Week or Easter services. Signing up in advance simply saves you time when you arrive and check-in. All church seating is first-come, first-served, with overflow downstairs in the church hall.
For the 11:30 AM outdoor Mass on Easter Sunday, we will hold Mass outside under a large tent, so Mass will be held rain or shine. Be sure to bring your own chair or blanket!
Pastoral Council Nominations
Any parishioners interested in becoming part of the Pastoral Council for the 2021-2022 Council years (beginning this summer for a two-year term) are encouraged to submit their names prior to the upcoming Pastoral Council election in May. Elections will take place the weekend of May 22-23, 2021.
If you are interested and have questions, please contact Kristen McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. John School Planning Grand Reunion for April 9, 2022!
It’s official! St. John the Evangelist School, Long Green Valley will be celebrating 75 years of continuous operation during the parish’s bicentennial year. With the date set, we are in the preliminary planning stages. Our first and most important task is to track down an estimated 1,320 grads!!! (approximately 20 alums from each class from 1948 to 2014.)
We sure could use your help!
As much or as little as you can spare!
TASK #1: The school’s digitized records from 2002 forward are pretty good but we are ISO class lists from all prior years. Would you have an old class list? Or a class photo that would help you create a class list?
TASK #2: The school has a file cabinet full of paper student records — filed alphabetically, not by graduation year, and all with addresses of parents, not students, most of which are probably former addresses! and they’re not digitized! Yikes!
We are ISO contact information (full name (plus maiden name for women), address, phone and email) for your class. Do you have sleuthing skills? Looking for a constructive hobby to keep you busy during the pandemic? A great place to start is to complete your contact info here and send the school office that same info on your brothers, sisters, cousins and friends who attended SJE.
Pre-Order St. John’s History Book
Order your bicentennial copy, plus gift copies, of an amazing, unique account:
200 years of parish families, pastors, photos, maps, and charts—details recounted via early Catholicism in Maryland and in local counties. “Two Centuries of Faith at Saint John the Evangelist” is a true page turner!
- The Catholic experience in colonial Maryland
- Our first church building and the relationship to the Carroll family
- Our second church building and the relationship to the Jenkins family
- Why the bell in our bell tower is marked “1892” and not “1862”
- The priests who served the parish over the last 200 years
- St. John the Evangelist School
- Our mission churches
- Local history of the area
- Other churches in the area
- The Knights of Columbus
- Local thespians – Long Green Valley Playhouse
- And much more…